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    Hayden Panettiere Talks Avoiding "Drugs, Alcohol" Temptations as Child Star

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    Hayden Panettiere opened up about the pitfalls of childhood stardom in a revealing interview with BBC Breakfast Thursday morning.

    The Nashville star admitted to being exposed to the darker side of Hollywood after beginning her career at just 11-months old.

    "I'm no different to anyone else and those same doors were opened to me and they were very easy to walk through—drugs, alcohol, being in inappropriate places where you shouldn't be at a certain age—it's a very tough position to be in, but I had great people to pull me back from it."

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    Panettiere also expressed sympathy for fellow female child stars like Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes.

    "Being a young female growing up in the industry is tough. I grew up in the generation of the wild child—I was guilty by association. So everyone sits there and waits for you to fall off your horse.

    "But as long as you have people who are willing to tell you the truth and are not afraid to tell you the truth and give you a reality check—it makes a world of difference," she added.

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